his administration. those comments caused controversy. for some that thought he was being critical of the commander-in-chief. here's his take on the situation. >> oo we did a number of media engagements through out the time i was there. one of the things i had to do was explain the war in afghanistan to people in europe, to afghans, to american leaders, but also to families. people whose sons and daughters were fighting. they had a right to that transparency. we gave access to a wide variety of media to improve periodic enbeds. the rolling stone was one of those inbeds. in this particular case the account that that reporter produced was very different from my interpretation of events or the nature of my staff who i have extraordinary regard for. listen, i was a commander. when you are in command, whether you like the outcome or not you accept responsibility. that's what i did. >> taking responsibility there.